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October 2023 Drama update

12 October 2023

Dear colleagues,

I hope you and your students are enjoying this autumn term so far. 

If you ever need to get in touch, please use my details below.

Here is your October 2023 update with all the latest news on our GCSE and A level Drama and Theatre qualifications.
In this update you will find:

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GCSE Drama and A Level Drama & Theatre Visiting Examiner Requirement Form

For Component 2: Text in Performance, all Centres have the option between a live visiting examiner or a digital submitting via Learner Work Transfer for the Summer 2024 examination series.

We will allocate a visiting examiner based on the information supplied on the Visiting Examiner Requirement Form (VERF) below.

The deadline for completion of this form is Friday 27th October 2023. 

Please note:  Component 2: Text in Performance Assessment Window - 8th January - 19th April 2024

A visiting examiner can only be requested for examinations taking place between 1st February - 19th April.
Any centre with an examination date between 8th January -31st January will require a Digital Submission.

Centres requesting a visiting examiner will be contacted by their allocated examiner in December 2023 to arrange and confirm examination dates.

If Digital Submission is selected, all candidate assessment material will be submitted through the Learner Work Transfer.

Component 2 Visiting Examiner Requirement Form

You can find all the latest information on how to administer the three Components in the qualifications using the links below

New Component 3 exemplars

We have new exemplars for GCSE Drama and A level Drama and Theatre for Component 3.

For GCSE, there are 8 Section A responses across the range of levels, and for Section B there are 8 new live theatre evaluations.

For A level, there are 10 examples for Section A live theatre evaluation, 10 examples for Section B, and 10 for Section C. 

We hope you find these useful.

Later this term we will also be releasing feedback recordings from the Chief Examiners for these Components to help support you and your students.

1984 new edition

There's a new publisher and ISBN for 1984, adapted by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, which is one of our GCSE Drama set texts.

It's now published by Methuen Drama; the new ISBN is 9781350262713.

If your students are using the previous version, that's not a problem. They can continue to do so. 

We will be updating our specification with this new information.


Summer 2024 Component 3 timetables

Here are the dates of the GCSE and A Level Component 3 exams:

GCSE Drama 

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice

Thursday 9th May 2024 pm

A Level Drama and Theatre

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice

Thursday 6 June 2024 am

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